In Stuart Mclean’s story of Emil, the complex personality of one of the protagonists vastly influences the people around him, which is exactly what makes for such an interesting plot. As Emil grows to reveal his unique internal wants and fears with no regard as to how everyone else will perceive them, the engraved fear of the “unknown” really starts to be tangible in those who do not have interest in obtaining a growth mindset. One example is of this is Dave, a storeowner. To a person of medial financial status, Dave’s wants and fears were similar to what would be considered “normal” within society. He holds him money dear to his heart, and fears plummeting in any aspect of his life: wealth, social status, security, pride. He is unorganized and cheap, but at least he is not “driving away business” like Emil is (109). What makes him truly uncomfortable about the homeless man is that they do not think in the same way. Dave refuses to believe that the thoughts of people who seem to be worse off than him are valid; when Emil refuses to take donations, Dave ceases to try and understand the other’s perspective by brushing it off with “that’s crazy” “everyone needs money” (115). On the other hand, Dave’s wife Morley is polar-opposite on this issue. Instead of closing off with what she feels comfortable believing (stable income, home, etc…) she has the prerogative of being okay with exploring that there is more than one way to manifest anything. One of her finest moments was arguing with Dave about the money that she has received. Undiscouraged by the idea that the money may be wasted, she rationalized that she’s “going to give it back to him” “bit by bit” because “it’s his money” (119). In the end, I think that the key point that Mclean projected to the audience through Morley’s actions is that people are so much more complex than the simple categorizational rules that we implement on everything in order to try and comprehend. If a person does not want to confide in what they think is best for them, then we have no other way to make them conform to what we believe. This is true to Emil, because he has different values in the materialistic things we value, and he is able to bring himself joy by partaking in simple conversations and gardening. At the core of human nature, no matter what way we get to it, we solely strive for happiness.